This Week in Milford

May 21, 2015

Self-Police State

Filed under: baseball, Coach Kaz, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 5:57 am

May 21, 2015


“Hold up, Kaz. We haven’t been coaching all season so why start now?”

“What do you call what you were doing on the mound a couple of days ago?”

“A momentary lapse of reason.”

Gil and Kaz hold their ground while Max “Lefty” Ortiz (probably plays the field without a glove; holy cow, what a paw!) gives True a dressing down. Still waiting for True’s rebuttal to the effect of “If it wasn’t for me your skinny ass would have stayed on jayvee all season.” Some pep talk, Max – Milford didn’t score any more runs in the game. Can you pin all that on True too?

Speaking of skinny, is that supposed to be Max asking true to The Bucket in P3? We’re supposed to believe he’s put on 100 pounds or so since the fall?

If all of this leads to True dropping baseball – and this story arc dropping baseball – I’m all for it. Former pushy busybody sports dad Art Standish has been conspicuously absent from this strip for a long time: you’d have thought he’d be raising hell at his son for jeopardizing his meal ticket.  We’re also overdue for Boo Radley getting the hubris smacked out of her in some fashion.

May 14, 2015

“Self-deprecation.” Look It Up, Gil.

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Coach Kaz, exposition comics, freak hands, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 4:41 am

May 14, 2015


“… he’s a quick study. Good thing, too. I was afraid I was gonna have to coach for more than two panels.”

The devil is in the details today:

– Who knew Kaz had such delicate little feet?

– Three strikes do not make a walk. ;)

– Milford baseball jerseys have the same squared-off neckline that Milford football jerseys do. Anyone know what brand does that? I don’t think it’s Nike – they’ve got that underwire thing going.

– On the other hand Mudlark catching gear doesn’t look quite so modern. I can’t tell if that’s a hockey goalie-style mask propped up on Mike Granger’s head but looks like he’s wearing his soft cap under it, which for catchers I think went away with wool flannel uniforms.

– Beyond Central’s outfield fence lies a forest of car air fresheners.

Next up: Will True also be a quick study of Boo Radley? He probably has Cliffs Notes.

April 29, 2015

Coming Around On The Idea That You’re Only Nervous If You Have Expectations!

Filed under: Coach Kaz, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — timbuys @ 1:29 am

April 29, 2015


Philosophically speaking, I like to think of myself as fairly flexible when it comes to parsing other’s worldviews. That said, I am very intrigued by this idea that you can somehow assuage nervous anxiety by simply purging oneself of ‘expectations’. Perhaps you can. I seriously doubt, however, that this philosophy would get you anywhere in any athletic endeavor beyond children’s soccer.

Then again, I’m not a smart kid nor a quick study. What’s more, it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing any inning at the Ballard anytime soon. So it goes.

April 9, 2015

This Troy wouldn’t mind the pain

Filed under: Coach Kaz, exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 5:06 am

April 9, 2015


Looks like Troy Costello is off to the home of Cheerwine and Food Lion in the not-too-distant future. Wonder if that Troy and Silent John will end up in D-II ball as well. As Pascoe’s not deaf, just voluntarily mute, I don’t imagine it’s Gallaudet that made him an offer. Hard to believe Gil is surprised by these developments. Did he think the Mudlarks won the state championship on his coaching prowess alone?

Withe the sudden transformation of Milford High into a football factory, maybe baseball will turn into an afterthought.

April 7, 2015

I Don’t Have Time For This Today

Filed under: Coach Kaz, exposition comics, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 11:48 pm

April 8, 2015


Sorry folks. There’s too much comedy gold in panel two for me to mine, much less refine, into the smooth adult contemporary comics snark that is all the rage these days to really do the job properly tonight.

Apropos of nothing whatsoever, I’ve had this song in my head the last few days so, in a moment of self indulgence, I will post it to the blog.

March 16, 2015

Maybe Bobby Is Evil…

March 16, 2015


I’ll give Bobby this: he is definitely putting his own spin on being a Milford Idiot. He sure ratcheted up pretty quickly from reluctant pill pusher to actively contemplating homicide (aviacide?) with what may perhaps be among the bluntest of all instruments.

Bonus Points: That is quite a dense burnrow that Kaz is sporting. It almost draws attention away from the fact that he clearly didn’t wear his ‘good’ pearl stud today.

January 8, 2015

Those Who Can’t, Manage (or Three Towels, You’re Out)

January 8, 2015


How far is it from Lewistown to Milford?  Well there’s more than one Lewistown but, recalling the girls played Mifflin County a week ago, I’m guessing it’s the one in Pennsylvania (and the boys are playing one of Mifflin County’s predecessor schools?). In any case, it’s gonna be a long walk home for Bobby when Kaz throws him off the bus.

What convoluted thinking compelled Bobby to bark out orders to a player on the court (the Jordanesque Kenny B)?  2 x (Kaz: “take a chill pill”) –> 2 x chill –> smooth jazz –> Kenny G –> Kenny B? Have we been introduced to Kenny B or Garry yet? Garry may be the #14 who was ready to slap Bobby on Tuesday. In any event I expect this latest transgression will cost Bobby his job. Then he can keep his detailed notes and stats from the stands where he belongs.

meta: That’s all I’ve got for today. It’s not easy to come up with something fresh and witty to snark on Rubin’s steady stream of obnoxious, know-it-all douchebags whose reach exceeds their grasp. Even the excitement of the football state championship arc had to be set up by two such in Jarrod Hale and Art Standish (three if you count the Valley Tech coach; I don’t). Would it be too much to ask for just one seasonal arc without a Jerk with a Heart of Gold?


January 7, 2015

You Had One Job

Filed under: basketball, Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, Exploding Eyeball Syndrome — timbuys @ 8:51 am

January 7, 2015


So, as Billy pointed out in comments yesterday, Bobby may not be the swiftest of equipment managers. Although, to be fair, Rob noted that what Bobby was saying was good advice. Regardless, as just about everyone has pointed out, his people skills are continuing to get him closer and closer to a confrontation in record time. I am eager to see what happens tomorrow as Kaz’s exploding eyeball surely foreshadows excitement to come.

Do people still say ‘take a chill pill’? I have to imagine that I am somewhere around Kaz’s age if not a bit older and that one’s pretty dated. Maybe the kids these days have brought it back. Who can say? Surely, not I.

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